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A House of Commons Select Committee for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched yet another inquiry into the national Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

The move will mainly focus on the coverage, delivery and speed of both superfast broadband and mobile connectivity across the UK.

The main goal of the BDUK programme, which has so far seen investment of £1.7 billion, is to deliver fixed line superfast broadband of over 24Mbps to 99% of British premises by 2018.

The new inquiry - ‘Establishing world-class connectivity throughout the UK‘ - will examine the progress of the existing programme and agreements running alongside it, while also determining how best to reach out to the country's most remote areas.  

Jesse Norman, Select Committee Chairman, said: “Proper digital connectivity is key both to the wellbeing of many communities and to Britain’s economic future.

"Yet many people and businesses are unable to receive the digital access and services they need."

In an effort to meet its long-term aims, the government has already confirmed that it is looking at rolling out superfast broadband coverage to 95% of premises by the end of 2017; a target the National Audit Office claims is on the way to being met.

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